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Cheetah
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Acinonyx jubatus

Service Dogs Help Save Cheetahs from Extinction in the Wild

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), at least 10,000 species become extinct annually. Fast approaching this sad marker is the world’s fastest land mammal, the cheetah. Once occurring throughout much of Africa and Asia, the cheetah has now vanished from most of the regions. At Mpala, a team of scientists from Action for Cheetahs is using trained

Red-billed Oxpecker

Oxpeckers: A Taste for Blood

In the savannah, most large mammals depend on the services of a common ‘grooming crew,’  the ever-present oxpecker, one of the most commonly sighted birds on our  live cameras. On Mpala we have red-billed oxpeckers and yellow-billed oxpeckers.  Where both species feed together, the yellow-billed are generally dominant. The birds perch on wild and domestic animals to eat parasites found in

Jane Goodall with a baby chimp. Photo courtesy of janegoodall.org

Jane Goodall Visits Mpala Research Centre

It was a special week at Mpala, the home of African wildlife on Explore. Conservation icon Dr. Jane Goodall was here, spreading a message of hope for the next generation of scientists and nature lovers. “When scientists say it’s too late…that’s where I think they’re wrong. I think we have a window of time–we know that we

Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)

All About the Leopard Tortoise

Mpala Research Centre is home to many reptile species including the unmistakable Leopard tortoise. Each day, one or more slow but sure individuals will be seen crossing from one end of the Mpala campus to the other. They bear dome shells with distinctive yellow and brown spots and radiating circles that make the leopard tortoise one of the

Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)

Snakes in Action

Snakes elicit all manner of emotions in humans and other animals world over. Some people shudder at the idea of being near snakes while others keep them as pets. Due to limited knowledge about these creatures, they are often misunderstood. On one occasion, viewers on Explore.org were treated to a rare moment when a bright

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